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The Ego and the Empiricist Is Available for Purchase! - January 14, 2018

Last October, the good folks at Two Sylvias Press brought The Ego and the Empiricist into the world. The book is a 30-page poetry collection that draws on Silver Age, Medieval, Jesuit, and Neo-Latin poets to create—as Robert Lowell said of his experimental translations in Imitations (1960)—“one voice run[ning] through many personalities, contrasts, and repetitions.” It is a plaintive book of dramatic monologues that challenges our ideas about what qualifies as translation. (Here I prefer the term adaptations.) The poems tackle such topics as faith, flesh, wounds, and desire.

Thanks to Kelli Russell-Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy for their tireless work and warm support. The Ego and the Empiricist was a finalist for their Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize, and can be purchased at the Two Sylvias Press online bookstore.

Derek Mong